Queensland Railways Gold Pass - The Honourable John Macrossan

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Description
A small circular gold medallion with an inscribed circular border surrounding a "QGR" (Queensland Government Railways) emblem.
Classification
CH classification TRANSPORT Railways Gold Pass
Measurements
L21 x W29 x D1mm
Media/Materials description
Gold
Signature/Marks
QUEENSLAND GOVT RAILWAYS \ PASS
HON MR JUSTICE J M MACROSSAN
History and use
A gold rail pass issued by Queensland Railways to the Honourable Mr Justice J M Macrossan Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland 1989 - 1998.

Gold Passes were issued by Queensland Railways to parliamentarians, members of the judiciary and other selected VIPs granting free rail travel whenever travel by rail was required. These medallion style gold passes were issued up until about 1990 when a change was made to a gold coloured "credit card" style plastic card.

John Murtagh Macrossan was born in Brisbane in 1930. He graduated St Columban's College and then studied an Arts Degree in 1950 and later a Bachelor of Laws, with honours, both from the University of Queensland. In 1951 he was admitted as barrister of the Supreme Court and initally worked for his father's firm, Macrossan & Co.

In 1954 he was awarded a Bachelor of Civil Laws from Exeter College at Oxford. He practiced law for 15 years in Brisbane and in 1980 was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court. He was made Chief Justice of Queensland in 1989 and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1993.

He retired in 1998 but continued as Griffith University Chancellor, a position he had held since 1988, until 2000. He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He died in 2008.
Registration number
R6586

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